What's this? / Report Bad Ads
Latest News
Vatican

Vatican launches new website for the Protection of Minors from sex abuse

December 6, 2016. The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors (PCPM) has launched a website to provide the public with information about their mission: "the effective protection of minors and a commitment to ensure their human and spiritual development.”
Pope Francis

These are the names of the 17 new cardinals the pope appointed at the consistory

November 19, 2016. 13 of them are under the age of 80, and thus able to vote in a hypothetical conclave, and four of them are non-electors.
Vatican

Vatican congratulates Trump and hopes his time in office "can truly be fruitful"

November 9, 2016. While speaking to Vatican Radio, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, congratulated the new president and hoped that his government "can truly be fruitful."
Vatican

Vatican strongly reacts to episcopal ordinations in China made without pope's permission

November 7, 2016. "In recent weeks, there has been a series of reports regarding some episcopal ordinations conferred without Papal Mandate of priests of the unofficial community of the Catholic Church in Continental China,” explains the Vatican in a letter signed by the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke.

Fair Trade, Economics and the Doctrine of the Church

2014-01-06

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga is one of eight cardinals on Pope Francis' advisory board.  

But on a recent visit to Rome, he didn't talk about reforms or the Pope. Rather, he talked about the economy and fair trade

CARD. OSCAR RODRIGUEZ MARADIAGA
ARCHBISHOP OF TEGUCIGALPA (Honduras) 
"Right now, everyone is focusing on China. But why not talk about Italy, Europe or Latin America?”

His new book titled, 'Between Ethics and Business: Humans at the Center' delves into the topics of economics through the prism of values.

But it goes well beyond words. In fact, the cover, has an image of the Pope's ferula or pastoral cross. It was designed by Italian Maurizio Lauri,  with resources from Honduras...all gathered, purchased and shipped through fair trade. 

MAURIZIO LAURI
Sculptor  
"So I received the caoba wood in a slab. I had to sculpt and mold so it would fit into the metal frame. The bronze and also the silver also came from Honduras.” 

Maradiaga has a deep interest in economics, but that interest came about under less than ideal circumstances back in 1991, when he was assigned head of the economics committee for the Conference of Latin American Bishops. 

CARD. OSCAR RODRIGUEZ MARADIAGA
ARCHBISHOP OF TEGUCIGALPA (Honduras)
"I contacted different economic institutions and they refused to talk to me. They said, priests don't know anything about the economy. I told myself, 'this is the last time they do this to me.' So I decided to study the topic on my own.” 

And so he did. Back in 1995, he says John Paul II asked him to address the debt third world countries owe to major international institutions which led him to discussions with the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank.

When it comes down to it, he says  getting out of the economic crisis is about much more than just business, first and foremost, he says it's about never forgetting the common good. 


KLH 
AA
-JM
-PR
Up:RCA